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Sedation FAQs

 Sedation FAQs

Will My Insurance Help With Sedation Dentistry Cost ?

One of the reasons we have intentionally kept our fees as low as possible is because many insurance policies do not cover anesthesia services for dental procedures. Please check with your insurance carrier if you have questions regarding your coverage. We are not able to accept a predetermination of benefits as payment for services rendered. Payment needs to be made in full on the date of service. If your insurance covers any part of service, they will reimburse you directly.

Do I Qualify for Dental Sedatives?

Most patients qualify for the peaceful, painless, time-saving experience of being given dental sedatives. However, special preparations may be required if for example you:

  • Are diabetic.
  • Have certain heart conditions
  • Suffer from asthma.
  • Or you have other medical contitions identified.

What are the Different Kinds of Dental Sedation?

3 Levels of Dental Sedation

First there is mild sedation. Your anxieties are relieved, but you are totally conscious and able to respond throughout the procedure.

Second there is moderate sedation which takes you to a much more relaxed state, although you are still conscious and able to respond. However, you aren’t going to remember much of your experience.

Finally there is deep sedation or general anesthesia (GA). When we administer deep sedation/GA, you will probably feel like someone has placed a big warm hand on your arm. You will go sweetly to sleep and be unconscious for the entire time.

Finally there is deep sedation or general anesthesia (GA). When we administer deep sedation/GA, you will probably feel like someone has placed a big warm hand on your arm. You will go sweetly to sleep and be unconscious for the entire time.

In what seems like no time at all, with your dental work completed, you awake as peacefully as you fell asleep. We keep a close eye on you until you are ready to go home.

You will need someone to drive you home. Friends don’t let sedated friends drive.

Regardless of the level of sedation, we take some time to talk with you, to understand how you are doing and to help you relax before we begin.

There are various medications given for dental sedation. If you have any questions about these medications, please feel free to discuss it with our office.

Where Is My Dental Sedation Treatment Provided?

The beautiful answer to this question is that you don’t go to a hospital or other surgical facility. Your dental sedation treatment is done right in your own dentist’s office where you already know everyone and feel comfortable.

The only exception to this might be where your dentist has referred you to a specialist in which case we’ll meet you at the specialist’s office.

The only exception to this might be where your dentist has referred you to a specialist in which case we’ll meet you at the specialist’s office.

Who Decides Whether I Should Receive Sedation?

Primarily, you decide. But you can count on your dentist’s help with the decision by reviewing your medical history, studying your x-rays and providing you with sound advice as to whether you should receive sedation.

Dental procedures have improved greatly over the years and most procedures are provided in a pleasant manner. However when sedation is needed you will be cared for by a highly trained team of specialists who have seen thousands of patients and stand ready to care for you.

May I Call If I Have Questions?

It is amazing how most of us are hesitant to ask questions. But the truth is there are no dumb questions here and you are smart to ask when you wonder. If you have any questions regarding the gentle dental approach of sleep dentistry feel free to call us (781) 648-0279. You and we will be glad you did.